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Rally Australia: Citroen withdraws Sainz, Marti Xsara

Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti Withdraw From Telstra Rally Australia Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti went off the road yesterday (Tuesday 9th of November) in the second recce pass of "Stirling Long", SS3 of the Telstra Rally Australia. The accident...

Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti Withdraw From Telstra Rally Australia

Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti went off the road yesterday (Tuesday 9th of November) in the second recce pass of "Stirling Long", SS3 of the Telstra Rally Australia.

The accident occurred around 13.40 local time (06.40 in France), 21 kilometres after the start of the stage. "In a long and fast left corner, explained Carlos, I picked the right line and slid the car into the tightening bend. A sudden change of grip launched our car towards the outside where we hit a big tree at around 80 or 90 km/h."

Carlos and Marc finished this stage in their spare recce car. Event doctors then suggested to the crew that they should go to the closest hospital in Harvey.

From there, Carlos and Marc were flown by helicopter to the St John of God Hospital in Perth, where the Citroën team doctor was waiting for them and gave the Spanish team-mates a complete check-up.

Carlos complained of neck pain. He left the hospital last night in a neck brace and returned to the team hotel in Perth. "The doctors strongly advised me not to drive considering another impact of the same kind could lead to serious consequences" explained the Madrid based driver. Marc Marti was uninjured but experiencing muscular pain.

After a good night sleep, Carlos took the decision not to take part in the second day's recce. Later this afternoon, he went through further medical checks that confirmed the original diagnosis.

Upon his landing in Perth at 18.30, Guy Fréquelin had a meeting with the Spaniard and agreed with Carlos Sainz that the safest option was to withdraw from the Telstra Rally Australia.

Therefore, only one Xsara WRC will start tomorrow morning, driven by Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena

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Series WRC
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Sébastien Loeb , Guy Frequelin , Daniel Elena , Marc Marti
Teams Citroën World Rally Team